In India most of the people celebrate Diwali 2023 at their home. But if you are travelling or away from home then experience new way of Diwali celebrations at these places.
1. Dev Deepawali in Varanasi, U.P.
The holiest town ‘Varanasi’ , UP state of India celebrates Diwali in its own traditional way. The Ganga river flows through the city, where devotees gather on the banks of the river (called ‘Ghats’). Devotees bathe in holy Ganga river, enjoy the boat ride across the river, in the evening people illuminate the Ghats with thousands of Diyas (earthen lamps) and a ritual of Ganga aarti with chanting of mantras is performed in the evening which gives goosebumps to anyone.
“Dev Deepawali 2023” of Varanasi is also famous which comes on 15th day, after Diwali which falls on ‘Purnima‘ (Full moon) of the Kartik month (of Hindu lunar calendar) coming on 26 November 2023.
Every corner of the Pink City Jaipur is decorated with lights, which attracts most of the tourists are palaces, forts, city markets are fully decorated with amazing lights and lamps which makes the inside soul of the body feel so blissful. Walking through the market people love the marwari cuisines, many art & handicraft shops, folk songs and dance, the Johari bazaar earned a Title during Diwali “The Strip”. To enjoy the celebration of Diwali many forts & palaces are there, but especially ‘Nahargarh Fort’ you should visit to get the amazing view of the city and fireworks of Diwali.
3. Kolkata – kali puja
In Kolkata and many North-Eastern states of India celebrate Diwali as Kali Puja, devotees worship Goddess Kali and commemorate the triumph of Goddess Kali over the demon Raktavija. Huge pandals created with Goddess Kali idols and Goddess Durga, decorated with lights, flowers, lamps (diyas), fireworks, walking through the city you will see everyone in a festive mood wishing each other, distributing sweets, makes everyone feel happy. Thousands of devotees visit the holy shrine of Goddess Kali at Dakshineswar Kalighat Temple and worship.
4. Bandi Chhor Divas 2023 -Punjab
In Punjab and everywhere Sikh community celebrates Diwali as Bandi Chhor Divas. History tells us that the 6th Guru Har Gobind Sahib and 52 other leaders were illegally imprisoned by Mughal emperor Jahangir. And on this day he was released with other leaders and when Guru Har Gobind Sahib reached Amritsar, to welcome him there was a Deepmala ceremony performed. From then on every year Diwali is celebrated in Amritsar Golden Temple with so much fervor.
Pilgrims and devotees decorate the complex of Golden temple with amazing lights and the lake inside the temple illuminates with earthen lamps (diyas) and magnificent display of fireworks above the sky of temple attracts the most. There are special prayers (called ‘Kirtans’) performed in every Gurudwaras and food offered to everyone.
The cultural heritage city deck up in amazing decoration with lights and lamps. Many famous palaces, forts, Pichola lake and street markets are engulfed with people’s enthusiasm for the Diwali celebration. The Udaipur Light festival is organized by many resorts to gather everyone and many activities, events are held to celebrate Diwali. Hundreds of devotees reach and worship at the Mahalakshmi Temple, Bhatiyani Chauhatta.
People also reach Shrinathji Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna in Nathdwara, Udaipur. The walls of the houses of Nathdwara town are repainted during Diwali with ‘Pichwai Paintings’ which illustrate the life and teachings of Lord Krishna. Also the Annakut festival is also celebrated on the next day of Diwali with so much pomp and hundreds of cows decorated during the festival and worshiped.
6. Narak Chaturadashi 2023 -Goa
In Goa Diwali is celebrated as Narak Chaturdashi which falls on ‘Chaudas or Choti Diwali’. People celebrate Diwali to commemorate the Lord Krishna victory over the demon Narakasura. Huge effigies of Narakasura created across the Goa cities and processions are carried out through the city and burnt out with fireworks on the day before Diwali. People also play Gambling in many famous casinos, during Diwali Gambling play becomes a bigger event.
7. Deepawali -Mysore, Karnataka
The Mysore city is drenched in the lights of Diwali, especially the Mysore Palace which seems so elegant at night during Diwali with decorations of lights and lamps. Everyone decorates their houses and the rangolis created, sweets distributed feel so joyous. People visit many famous places like Brindavan Gardens and Chennakeshava Somnathpur Temple during Diwali.
8. Deepavali -Madurai, Tamil Nadu
On Diwali or Deepavali people wake up early and take an oil bath as a ritual to remove bad luck and believe that it’s a holy bath like the Ganga river. The whole city is illuminated with lights and earthen lamps (or diyas) and rangolis created in the courtyards of the houses, everyone celebrating wishing each other, distributing sweets. People have a feast of many famous cuisines like idli, sambhar, jangri, oeni, vellayappam, ukkarai, omapodi, chutney and many more.
9. Diwali 2023 -Delhi
The Festival of Lights is celebrated with so many fervor houses decorated with earthen lamps (diyas), lights, rangolis made and fireworks. Huge crowds throng the streets of Delhi to enjoy the food, lighting and decorations of shops during the Diwali. People wear new clothes, distribute sweets to their loved ones, everyone is in a festive mood and enjoying themselves. However, this year fireworks are banned in Delhi due to environmental pollution issues.
10. Diwali 2023 -Ayodhya, UP
In Ayodhya people celebrate Diwali or Festival of Lights as the return of Lord Ram, Sita, Lakshman to their kingdom in a grand scale. Deepotsav is organized at the shore of Sarayu river with thousands of earthen lamps (diyas) filled with oil which justifies the meaning of Deepavali. Laser or light show is organized which depicts the life of Lord Ram and great fireworks after that. Streets of Ayodhya are illuminated with lights and walls are repainted with paintings of Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshman which depict their life journey.
11. Diwali 2023 -Mumbai
The City that never sleeps, celebrates the Diwali festival in a grand manner which justify the city’s importance. The whole city, towers, bridges are decorated with lights and lamps, especially the Marine Drive shows the beauty of lights and fireworks during Diwali. It feels amazing when you walk through the streets of Mumbai to see amazing hanging lanterns and which attracts the most beautifully decorated shops. People celebrate and enjoy the amazing view at Bangananga tank in Walkeshwar during Dev Diwali with floating lamps which lit up the river.
12. Pushkar Camel Fair 2023
The sacred city Pushkar is famous for its ‘Haveli Diwali’ which is celebrated for 5 days. A Pushkar Camel Fair is organized during Diwal, camels are decorated with ornaments and dresses and huge processions carried out through the city. During the fair many events are held, locals wear traditional dresses, peform cultural dance with tourists, camel racing and trading also happen during the festival. Devotees also worship at the one & only temple of “Lord Brahma” and take a holy bath in sacred pushkar lake and enjoy the Sunrise and Sunset view.
Pushkar Camel Fair 2023 will be organised on from 20 Nov. to 28 Nov. 2023.
13. Badabadua Daka, Kali Puja -Odisha
The Diwali or Deepavali festival in Odisha is celebrated in a very unique way. People celebrate Diwali with Goddess Kali Puja and then a ceremony of “Bada Badua Ho Daka (or Deep Daan)” is performed. People perform the ritual Bada Badua Daka on the day of Deepavali to pay homage to their ancestors.
All the family members gather in front of the house or in the community create a rangoli in a sailboat shape with seven chambers filled with cotton,salt, mustard, asparagus root, turmeric, wild creeper plant. A lamp (diya) of jute stem with cloth wick is lit up in the center and prasad is placed with it. Then all the members holding a bunch of jute sticks burn with that lamp and rise towards the sky and pray while chanting the verses.
14. Deepavali 2023 -Chennai, TN
People get up early and take oil baths before sunrise, wear new clothes and light earthen lamps (diyas) perform puja. People celebrate the festival with so much fervor and decorate the houses with lamps (diyas) and rangolis created. Tamil people celebrate Diwali as Narak Chaturdashi to commemorate the victory of Lord Krishna and Goddess Satyabhama over the demon Narakasura. People distribute sweets, wishing each other and fireworks show on the roads.
15. Diwali 2023 -Gujarat
Diwali festival is celebrated with so much pomp which marks the end of Gujarati year and the beginning of new Gujarati year. People decorate houses with lights, earthen lamps, rangolis created and sweets, snacks, and many delicacies are distributed among the loved ones. Gujaratis also give gold as a ritual to their relatives or dear ones. Many ceremonies, processions and events are held out during the Diwali festival. Gujarati people celebrate Diwali without firecrackers in a quiet way.
When is Dev Deepawali 2023 ?
Dev Deepawali celebrated in Varanasi, U.P. on 26th November, 2023.
What is the date of Diwali 2023 ?
Diwali 2023 is falling on 12th November, 2023.